Trump had secret documents on Iran and China in his Florida mansion, documents seized from former Republican President Donald Trump’s Florida mansion in August exposed highly sensitive intelligence on Iran and China that risked exposing the espionage methods of the United States, published this Friday by The Washington Post.
Among the documents recovered at the Palm Beach residence of the former president (2017-2021) by Justice Department investigators was one that described Iran’s missile program and another that “described highly sensitive intelligence work directed at China.” the newspaper said, citing people familiar with the case.
Investigators seized some 11,000 documents in a raid to recover what the current administration of Democrat Joe Biden says should be in the U.S. archives but was illegally taken by Trump when he left the White House in January 2021.
Among them were found just over 100 classified documents, some of them classified as top secret and normally kept hermetically under lock and key, which few authorized people can access.
However, at the Mar-a-Lago resort residence they were kept in locations found in Trump’s personal office, with little security, according to the Justice Department.
The department justified the raid on national security grounds, saying Trump was suspected of violating the Espionage Act, which prohibits the withholding and sharing of highly sensitive documents related to national defense.
Obstruction of justice was also suspected, after his attorneys told the department in June that there were no more government documents seized at Mar-a-Lago.
But Trump has not yet been charged. After the tycoon files suit, that court appointed an independent “special master” to review the documents and see if they might be covered by his claims of privilege over them.